Essex firefighter strike

Fire chiefs in Essex have been accused of undermining relationships with union members, ahead of a second fire-fighters' strike.

The one-hour strike is scheduled for 4 o'clock this morning. But any firefighters taking part have been warned they'll be forced out of bed - and off the premises - depsite the unsociable hour.

The Fire Brigade says they'll be considered trespassers if they stay in the building.

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Firefighters are going on strike in a row over Credit: ITV Anglia

Union officials say they're protesting against a reduction in front-line firefighter numbers but the fire service says it has made a number of concessions, including promising there will be no redundancies.

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Essex firefighters strike

Firefighters in Essex will today hold the first of five planned strikes in a dispute over cuts.